Wednesday, 20 September 2023

Midweek Munchies

Something that I have eaten.

This orange & ginger jam from St Dalfour was like a fancy marmalade, very nice. Enjoyed with peanut butter on toast, and in overnight oats.

Orange and Ginger Jam

In my efforts to find a non-stevia kombucha, I tried this Jiva watermelon and mint. Sounds lovely and refreshing, right? But somehow tastes awful. Thankfully their other flavours are much better.


Tried this new vegan schitzel that I found in the frozen aisle. The schnitzels themselves are huge! But it was pretty good. Served with mashed potatoes, steamed frozen green beans, and gravy.

Greens & Goodness Schnitzel

Forgive this awful photo. But there is a fairly new little Japanese grocery store at one of my local shops, and they sell vegan hojicha ice cream! Also black sesame and matcha flavours, but the hojocha is the best! It costs almost AU$18 for a 2L tub, so it is definitely on the pricier side, but I have paid almost that amount for a quarter of the amount of So Delicious ice cream back in the day, so everything is relative.

Hojicha Icecream

Veganaise is over. It not longer gets shipped to Australia, and I am bereft. It is really hard to find a decent mayo here, most of them tend towards being too sweet and too vinegary. Hellman's vegan mayo is now availabe in supermarkets, and it is the closest to Veganaise I have found.

Hellman Vegan Mayo

Made this tuscan meatball recipe base using some vgan meatballs. It was quick, easy, and tasted good.

Tuscan Meatballs

Tuscan Meatballs

Finishing off with some more St Daulfour jam, this time the mango and passionfruit. I loved the tropical flavour this had, though I always struggle texturally with gritty passionfruit seeds. I mostly used this is overnight oats.

Mango and Passionfruit Jam

Hope everyone is hanging in there.

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Boo had a rough day yesterday. I'd noticed that one of her back claws was sticking out funny, and she was licking it, and it smelled funky. Of course she wouldn't let me touch it. So she had to come to work with me, stay in hospital for the day being furious, and then got sedated. Turns out she had just broken her claw and it had gotten infected, so it is all cleaned up and she had antibiotics. But she was so miffed by the whole experience. I'm sorry Boo that my attempts to keep you healthy are met with such disdain! Forgive me.

Sunday, 17 September 2023

Recipe Round-Up: Cookin' Crunk

My how time flies. It has been almost four weeks between posts? Not intentional, but just things happening. Nothing of note happened, just, you know, things. But let's get back to some recipe round-ups! It has been ages since I have done one, and we are ready to move on to a new cookbook. This series of round-ups will be coming from Cookin' Crunk, written by Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk blog fame! See other posts about this book here

Tangy Tempeh Chops with Mashed Sweet Taters: The tempeh chops recipe was meant to have green peppers in it, but no way, I used some extra celery. I made half the recipe and got one very satisfying serving. The sauce has a bunch of things in it, including ketchup! The mashed sweet taters looked suspiciously too sweet when I read the recipe... maple syrup and nutmeg? But actually they were not too sweet, and had a lovely flavour that was the perfect companion for the tangy tempeh. I made a quarter of a recipe for one serve. All served over some baby spinach.
Rating: Tempeh :), Sweet Potato :)

Tangy Tempeh Chops; Mashed Sweet Taters

Creamy Tahini Sauce: This was absolutely delicious! I did switch it up a little by just using a few drops of sesame oil and using water for the rest of the tablespoon it called for, but I find a tiny bit of sesamy oil goes a long way. This is used in one of the recipes in the book, but I served it over some brown rice, roasted broccoli, and sauteed tofu for an old-school vegan bowl.
Rating: :D

Creamy Tahini Sauce

Sweet 'n' Savoury Marinated Tofu: This is a variation given in the book for the sweet 'n' spicy tofu, but no spicy here. This variation switches out the sriracha for ginger. And it is sooooo good! I scaled the recipe down a bit as my block of tofu was only 300g rather than 450g, but I wish I had the bigger block because this tofu is incredible! I did use some of it in sandwiches, but I also used some of it just for eating straight up.
Rating: :D

Sweet 'n' Savoury Marinated Tofu

Tofu Cottage Cheese: This recipe is very simple to make, but then has a bunch of different uses. Bianca recommends spreading it on toast with Marmite, so I put it on toast with Vegemite. Vegemite is Marmite's superior Australian equivalent. So salty, so good. I also added some fresh tomato slices. This was excellent for breakfast or for lunch.
Rating: :)

Tofu Cottage Cheese

Cheese Tofu Scramble: I am a simple woman, and at the end of the day I love a tofu scramble over any vegan-egg based scramble. Tofu is my truest food love. This is a great savory flavoured cheese scramble. I used celery, mushrooms, and spinach as the vegetables. I browned the tofu first, before adding in the flavouring mixture. A lovely version of a classic.
Rating: :)

Cheesy Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble Enchiladas: I switched this up a bit to suit my own tastes, replacing the chili powder with paprika, leaving out the salsa, and using wheat tortillas rather than corn tortillas. What we got was a lovely casserole of saucy, cheesy, tofu filled enchiladas that was just as good for dinner as they would have been for breakfast.
Rating: :)

Tofu Scramble Enchiladas

Dill Weed Potato Salad: A fun twist on a potato salad, this has pimento olives in it! I have never had a potato salad with olives in it before, but it definitely works. I left out the raw onion and the jalapeno. I used dried dill for this, as the recipe called for, but if I had fresh dill I would definitely have used that instead.
Rating: :)

Dill Weed Potato Salad

Cute Kitty Photo of the Month


The 7th of September was Mirabelle's one year adoptiversary!

Wednesday, 23 August 2023

Midweek Munchies

I realised after discussing it in comments on my last post, I never mentioned on the actual blog the actual great news that I do not have to do an oral defense for my PhD! You have no idea what a giant relief that is. When I started my PhD (officially in 2014, when I upgraded from a Masters that I started in 2009... I kid you not when I see this was the slowest PhD ever!) an oral defence was not required, but then in 2017 it changed that publication based theses had to do one. The post grad liaison at the time told me that I had to do one... but she was so wrong. Shout out the the person at the graduate school who contacted me to check if I actually meant to tick the 'oral examination required' box, as because I started in 2014 I still get to submit according to those rules. I absolutely do not want to do an oral examination! Thank you graduate school person who saved me from so much stress. Now I just have to wait for examiners to read it and do any revisions until they are happy and then... PhD!

That was a long ramble. And I know you are actually here for snacks. Well, OK, some of you are here for cats, and the snacks are just a bonus. Time for some munchies.

The frustrating quest for stevia-free kombucha and water kefir continues. I found these Buchi cans in funny flavours, and may I say they were both very good. Of course, they are super hard to find unless I want to buy and entire case of them online, and who has the fridge room for that? But next time I see them in the wild I will definitely pick up some more. Of course, I have forgotten where I bought them the first time.

Buchi Cans

I bought this GF Hemp Rigatoni to use when my brother was here the last time, but we didn't end up using it then. So I made it a while ago to use it up, and it is awful. It absolutely just fell apart and turned into pasta fragments in the gummiest of ways. The sauce I put on it barely saved it.

Terrible pasta

Chocolate bar the first. This was like eating a very rich Vego-style bar. Was it good? I honestly can't remember. So I can only imagine that it was fine. I remember when things are incredible, and when things are bad.

Snack Bar

Chocolate bar the second. This was not good, and mostly tasted like chalky protein poweder. I had also bought one of their hazelnut flavoured ones, which suffered from the same issue.

Snack Bar
I really like this Woolworths Summer Fruit Blend. It has strawberries, grapes, mango, and pineapple. I originally bought it thinking I would make some great summer smoothies with it, then just never felt like a smoothie. I ended up just defrosting it in portions to add to yoghurt and granola. But one day, I shall smoothie it.

Summer Fruit Blend

Tasti makes my favourite fruity snack balls. Here are two flavours I tried recently - the apple and the blackberry. The blackberry one had a very very strong blackberry flavour. The apple one is sweet and mild.

Fruit Balls

I don't remember where I got these mushroom snacks, possibly a supermarket, possibly The Green Edge, but they were good. They have a mix of mushrooms in them.

Shiitake Snacks

Finally, some vegan gummies a friend sent me. These had three flavours - apple, blackberry, and orange. The apple was my absolute favourite, but the orange had a funny aftertaste to it. The blackberry was nice. I would love to get just a whole bag of the apple ones!

Vegan Gummies

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BIG YAWN from Eloise.

Sunday, 20 August 2023

Eating Out: Brisbane Vegan Twilight Markets July 2023

Hello everyone, how are you? What have you been up to? I have suddenly become deeply into women's soccer in the last week, thanks to the Matildas being incredible in the FIFA World Cup, which was held in Australia this year. I caught their match against France, and it was so intense. And even though they didn't win their next two games, they still made it to fourth place in the world, and incredible achievement! Anyway, I'm a sports gay now, or something. Yay Matildas!

This post is about another visit to the markets! This was my most recent one, I didn't go this month because work got in the way. The July one was very special, because my brother was visiting from Spain! And we went together. Sadly, he had made the cardinal mistake of having a late lunch, which is not what you do when you are going to go to the markets! But some good food was still had.

This market was the week after Taylor Swift tickets went on sale (and swiftly - heh - sold out) in Australia, and a few days after the release of Speak Now (Taylor's Version), so Pippa's Pantry went all out with a Taylor Swift theme! Pippa's Pantry is a cupcake stall where I often buy something for my mum, as I am not a cupcake person. But I couldn't resist getting a Lavender and Earl Grey Haze cupcake: an earl grey cupcake filled with earl grey custard and topped with sparkling lavender icing. And it was really good, miraculously the icing was not super sweet. I also got a Chocolate Goes All Too Well With Caramel Cupcake for my mum, complete with a little red fondant scarf. All the cupcakes had fun names based on Taylor songs, and were decorated beautifully.

Lavender Haze, All To Well, Iced Vovo from Pippa's Pantry (Taylor's Editon) at Brisbane Vegan Twilight Markets

I also couldn't resist a 'We Hate Jake' sugar cookie, because it made me laugh.

Sugar Cooking from Pippa's Pantry (Taylor's Editon) at Brisbane Vegan Twilight Markets

Cupcakes bought (there was a super long line, so we went there first), next stop was some savouries from Vegetabelle, where we got their new special - potato rosti with smoky beans and cheesy sauce. It was a chilly night, and this was perfect colder weather comfort food. Vegetabelle always hits it out of the park.

Rosti with Smokey Beans and Cheese Sauce from Vegetabelle at Brisbane Vegan Twilight Markets

We also go the Potato Crispy Tacos from Holy Taco, which were three crispy rolled tacos filled with mashed potato and topped with assorted things like guac, salsa, and sour cream. Very good.

Potato Crispy Tacos from Holy Taco at Brisbane Vegan Twilight Markets

Not pictured, we got some steamed BBQ buns from Oh Mien. And then we were going to finish up by sharing a toasted sandwich from Miso Toasty, but they had just had a huge order and it was going to be a 30 minute wait, so we decided to skip that and head on home. Not before stopping by Vegetabelle again though to pick up my favourite market treats - Lemon Meringue Tart, Apple Crumble Cheesecake, and Rosewater Raspberry Blondie.

Apple Crumble Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue Tart, Rosewater Raspberry Blondie from Vegetabelle at Brisbane Vegan Twilight Markets

Tonight I guess I am staying up to watch the finals of the FIFA Womens World Cup between Spain and England. I am going for Spain, not because England beat Australia but because my brother lives in Spain as his partner and her family are Spanish. Have you discovered something new and unexpected that brings you joy recently?

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I went to say goodnight to Eloise the other night and found her sleeping here... on top of one of my bookshelves. I guess she thought she was a nice addition to the display, which she was. Let's be real, she's be best centerpiece I could think of.

Sunday, 13 August 2023

Recipe Round-Up: Cook The Pantry

In a sudden burst of blogging energy, I'm finishing my round-up of things I have made from Cook The Pantry by Robin Robertson today. Find other posts about this book here.

Kitchen-Sink Capellini: Angelhair pasta is not something I eat often, but every time I eat it I just love it! This is a very fast recipe with tinned and sundried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, spinach, and olives. I also added some green peas or extra.
Rating: :)

Kitchen-Sink Capellini

Artichoke-Cannelini Linguine: This kind of gives me picatta vibes, with capers and white wine and butter and lemon juice. It is easy to make, though I got three serves rather than four. The recipe has forgotten to say when to add the lemon juice, so I added it in the last minute of cooking.
Rating: :)

Artichoke-Cannelini Linguine

Rotini with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Walnuts: I used a hard-to get tin of pumpkin for this recipe. The pumpkin sauce initially is very liquidy, but it thickens when the pasta is added. I also added some white beans and peas, and I used toasted almonds instead of walnuts.
Rating: :)

Rotini with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Pecans

Pasta Marinara: This is very quick to make, and relies mostly on crushed tomatoes with some red wine and seasonings, but I found the sauce was a bit bland and needed some adjustments. As well as the pasta, I added some kidney beans and peas.
Rating: :|

Pasta Marinara

Manchurian Black Bean Noodles: This recipe calls for black bean linguine, which I didn't have but I did have some black bean spaghetti. I don't remember the brand, but this was actually a nice bean-based pasta. The Manchurian-style sauce was nice, though I did find it got sucked unto the pasta pretty quickly, so I'd double it next time.
Rating: :)

Manchurian Black Bean Noodles

Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce: You know I made this into Noodles with Peanut Sauce, no spicy. The peanut sauce was still lovely without the spice, and was freat on the noodles along with broccoli, peas, and tofu. Once again though, it ended up a bit dry because the noodles sucked up all the sauce. Double to sauce. I like things saucy.
Rating: :)

Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Spaghetti Lo-Mein: This is turning into a pasta post! Once again I wanted more sauce for this, but the flavour was good. I used Japanese marinated tofu instead of soy curls, and peas instead of capsicum.
Rating: :)

Spaghetti Lo-Mein

Stovetop Peach-Blueberry Crumble: Finishing the post off with a couple of desserts. I made a half-recipe of this, which was really easy to make. I used frozen peaches and blueberries, but ended up needing to make it a blueberry peach-crumble because although my bag of frozen peaches said it had 300g in it, it ended up being about 100g, so I switched quantities. I cooked this on a stove in a mini-frying pan, and it was a quick and fun Sunday afternoon project.
Rating: :)

Stovetop Peach-Blueberry Crumble

Fudgy Brownie Mug: As you can see, I actually made it in a little bowl. This is a microwave recipe, and I don't know how to take good photos of microwave cake mugs. This was very quick and tasted good, though my microwave is high powered so I think I over cooked it a little.
Rating: :)

Fudgy Brownie Mug

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Mirabelle and Eloise

This happened a couple of nights ago! Mirabelle snuck in next to Eloise, who was sleepy enough not to try and bop her. Very exciting!!! It has not happened since.

Thursday, 10 August 2023

Midweek Munchies

Another random assortment of things I ate at some point in history. I think I have caught up to things from this year at least!

I needed croutons for a salad I was making and I didn't want to make my own, so I was able to get these in our weekly Coles delivery. They are absolutely delicious! Great on salads, great even just for snacking on.

Vegan Croutons

I have been on a little bit of a vegan lolly kick over the last several months. I don't remember where I got these from (I suspect some sort of online order) and I don't really remember what I thought of them. But this is a brand of vegan gummy lollies.

Vegan Lollies

The final I Should Souvlaki protein I got was the BBQ chicken-style, so this is another souvlaki made with that.

I Should Souvlaki

These pastrami slices are the same brand as some of the ham and the salami I shared in a recent Midweek Munchies post. The pastrami is my favourite. It is still a bit dry, but I really like the flavour.

Plantitude Smoked Pastrami

Some fun vegan wafer rolls I found kicking around in my pantry. There is something just so fun about eating these.

Wafer Rolls

A while ago I bought a heap of different flavours of St Dalfour jams, but I wasn't using them because I don't tend to eat jam on bread. Then I decided to use them in my overnight oats. This pineapple and mango one was delicious, it has a lovely sweet tropical flavour.

Pineapple and Mango Jam

Finally, Vegie Delights brought out these chicken-style sausages. They fall firmly into the camp of very obviously not a meaty-sausage, but I generally prefer that. They had a pretty mild flavour, but I enjoyed them.

Vegie Delights Chicken Sausages

Vegie Delights Chicken Sausages

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Eloise and Mirabelle

Last night while I was reading I had both Eloise and Mirabelle snuggling up to me. That is my leg between them. Living the dream.